Rain on my Parade
The International Man
In an apparent slip of the tongue, Mayor Bill de Blasio today said he had skipped yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Rockaways because it excluded some groups–even though he had marched in the same event last year.
“My approach has been to embrace parades that are inclusive. And that’s the standard we’re going to hold,” he said today during the St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside, Queens, when asked why he’d skipped the event Saturday, drawing criticism from some in the Sandy-ravaged neighborhood.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio today weighed in on the escalating tensions in the Ukraine, where a standoff with the Russian military has led to a full-blown international crisis.
The new mayor, who seems eager to comment on foreign policy topics, including Israel and sanctions against Iran, sharply criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for his incursion into the Crimean peninsula.
Rain on my Parade
A beaming Anthony Weiner took his mayoral campaign down the Celebrate Israel parade route today. Wielding a large Israeli flag with one hand and a bullhorn in the other, the newly-minted candidate appeared to be in his element.
“Am Yisrael Chai! Am Yisrael Chai!” he bellowed every few feet as he strode up Fifth Avenue, using the Hebrew slogan touting Israel’s continued existence. “God bless America! Am Yisrael Chai! Welcome to New York!”
a parade for vets
At the St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Rockaways this weekend, Mayor Michael Bloomberg found himself the target of angry protesters who heckled him and accused City Hall of ignoring their neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. But asked about it as he broke ground for a new Long Island City housing development today, Mr. Bloomberg said he wasn’t personally bothered by the criticism.
“Look, these are people who are frustrated because they’ve been dealt a bad hand by God,” he told Politicker. “I understand the frustration and if you take it out by booing the mayor, okay, so what? It was still a nice parade.”
New Yorkers may be celebrating the New York Giants Super Bowl win in the streets today, but Councilman Vinnie Gentile, who sits on the Council’s Committee on Veterans, is asking why New York City isn’t hosting a parade for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan as well.
“I think we can all agree that the New York Giants deserve a parade for winning the Super Bowl,” he said in a statement. “I’ll be there today cheering them on along with everyone else. But if a football team gets a parade, shouldn’t our veterans? Are they not the real giants here?”